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Port Credit PARKS:
Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens

  • Port Credit is home to Mississauga's first public 'city garden'.  It is located on the west side of Godfrey's Lane.  Click for map.
  • Members of the TOPCA Executive attended an Open House on Jan. 30, 2008, concerning the completion of the Waterfront Trail in Port Credit, through Rhododendron Gardens. Click here to read TOPCA’s letter in response.

  • The upgrades to the Waterfront Trail and significant improvements to this City Garden were completed in the Fall of 2008, and residents are invited to comment during the subsequent assessment process.

  • The City has renamed Rhododendron Gardens (which used to be called Cranberry Cove Park).  Click here for the Corporate Staff Report with background information, dated Jan. 22, 2009.

  • The City of Mississauga honoured the memory of former Ward 1 Councillor Harold Kennedy by dedicating a plaque in his name at the Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens on June 6, 2009.  Mississauga News article: City memorializes one of its own.

  • On Sept. 30, 2009, Council passed the following recommendation: "That the Realty Services Section of the Corporate Services Department be authorized to enter into negotiations regarding the acquisition of 50 Godfrey's Lane."  This acquisition would serve as an essential addition to Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens as it will unite the park parcels which it currently divides.  This is the property to the south of the Garden's south-eastern entrance.  This connection will provide for future park redevelopment opportunities such as the expansion of park pathways systems and trails along the waterfront and allow for much improved public access to the Lake's waterfront.  This reflects a priority in the Council-approved Waterfront Parks Strategy to achieve a connected and continuous waterfront.

  • In December 2010David Culham, former Mississauga Councillor and head of the BRG Stewardship Committee, sent out the following report: "Volunteers donated 1427.35 hrs in 2010.  Volunteers are involved in every aspect of the gardening operation.  This amounts to 36 work weeks at 40 hrs per week.  I am reminded of how far we have progressed from the start of my involvement in June 2006 after retiring.  I got involved because Marta Brueckner called me with great concern about the terrible decline in the Garden.  She wished to have Joe’s plaque removed because of her disappointment.  Hundreds of rhododendrons and azaleas had died without replacement.  Much of the Garden was without irrigation, the East Garden was in total decline and despite having a naturalization designation on the Tecumseh Creek area, nothing had changed or improved.  No full time gardener was assigned.  The “garden” had returned to a “park” with cut grass.  The City responded in 2007 by assigning Master Gardener Para Kanp and assistant Joe De Coste in 2007 with immediate positive results.  The Stewardship Committee began in Feb. 2008 with a gardening, planning and advisory role to the City staff.  Our “sweat equity” encourages the City Council and staff to do more.  The Committee has greatly improved the level of maintenance with weeding, trimming and cultivating.  Committee members donated plant stock from their gardens and one member purchased all of the roses and peonies. We have planted hundreds of donated wild flowers and shrubs out of the City’s naturalization budget.